The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) today announced its priorities for the 2017 legislative session. Spokesman Bradley Peterson says of Governor Dayton’s just-released tax bill proposal which includes a $20-million increase in Local Government Aid (LGA)…
LGA funds go toward essential services like police and fire and street and park maintenance.
In addition to an increase in LGA, the CGMC is pushing for $369 million for Corridors of Commerce, which aims to reduce bottlenecks and barriers to freight on the state’s highways. It is also asking the legislature for $50 million in funding to help cities repair their crumbling streets.
And, the CGMC is seeking $167 million in bonding dollars for grant and loan programs that help cities pay for upgrades or repairs to their water treatment facilities.